November 2022 - The More You Know



Nov 2nd: Southern New Hampshire University college rep visit 10-11:00 in the CTE Conf. Room

Nov 2nd: Sgt. Vecchio from Marines visit 11:30-12:30 in the CTE Conf. Room

Nov 3rd: Last day to register for the Dec. 3rd SAT's

Nov 4th: Last day to register for the Dec. 10th ACT's

Nov 5th: Open House @ Vermont State University: Lyndon Campus

Nov 9th: ASVAB testing for any student interested in a career in the military, or just curious about their options. 9:45-12:45 in the CTE Conf. Room

Nov 11th: Open House @ Vermont State University: Castleton Campus

Nov 21st - 27th: Thanksgiving Break! Have a safe and fun break!

Nov 30th: Current pre-tech students get to visit programs for next year (other date is Dec. 7th)

Women Can Do Conference Fun!

CTE students traveled to VTC Randolph on October 6th with other students from across the state for the annual VT Works for Women: Women Can Do conference! The conference is for high school girls and gender expansive youth for a day of hands-on exploration of STEM and trade careers, and networking with VT professionals, employers and organizations to learn about secondary education and career opportunities in the state.

CTE hosts Middle School Workshops!

7th & 8th grade students from EMS, ADL and Westford came and spent two Thursday afternoons having some fun in these 4 programs.

1) You want to figure out how to get on scrubs, without making a mess? Yep, there just might be chocolate involved.Health Professions

2) Come learn to make a cute 'vector' animal on the computer and about ways you can use your creativity for a living!" Design & Creative Media

3) How about pulling something out of a grab bag and working together to create a project out of a toilet paper tube, or a pine cone, or maybe even a coffee filter? Or how quickly you diaper a baby? Ready, set, go! Childhood Education/Human Services

4) Have you ever wondered how dental assistants make dental impressions? Join us to find out! You’ll make a stone model from the impression of teeth and you’ll get to take it home! Dental Assisting

All You Need to Know about National Technical Honor Society!

National Technical Honor Society (NTHS) is an honor society for outstanding career and technical education students. After first semester, CTE instructors will nominate students who qualify using the following criteria:

  • Student has a minimum of an A- (90) in each of the first quarters in program area.
  • Student has a minimum of a B (83) in each of the first quarters in all other academic classes.
  • Student demonstrates strong employability skills.

Eligible candidates will be notified and those interested in joining NTHS must complete a reflective essay addressing the following:

  • Personal career goal
  • Involvement with community service or other acts of kindness
  • Thoughts on the importance of employability skills
  • Honor someone who has helped student succeed


Whether you are applying for a job or to college, you will be asked to provide letters of recommendation--speaking on your behalf and who you are as a person.

  • Who should I ask? Ask someone who knows your character, work ethic, and can speak to your skills. Ideally, this is someone who has known you for a while, a current program or academic teacher.

  • When should I ask? Give yourself and the person you are asking plenty of time (2-3 weeks at the least) before the deadline. If you wait too long, the person you are asking for a recommendation may not have time to complete it. The person you are asking may also need more information and insight into your extracurriculars, community service and volunteer work, and employment history, so be prepared for them to ask you to complete a letter of recommendation request form.

  • How should I ask? Talk to each individual directly. Include why you need the letter, what you are hoping to pursue, and requested due date. Ask the person if they need any additional information about your skills or educational/employment history.

  • What should I do after I receive my letter of recommendation? Send a written thank you letter to each person who wrote a letter for you. Sending your appreciation is a common courtesy and speaks volumes!

Tips to Boost your Resume & Applications!

  • Volunteer
  • Take a college class
  • Take advantage of CTE certifications and Industry Recognized Credentials
  • Get involved with leadership roles, clubs, & committees, and your community!
  • Work experience
  • Do a job shadow
  • Get support from a teacher/counselor
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How Can I Get a Scholarship?!

  • VSAC’s scholarships booklet: This booklet contains information on more than 140 scholarships available to Vermont residents—and is updated each fall. The VSAC scholarship booklet contains both VSAC-assisted scholarships and scholarships administered directly by the group that sponsors the scholarship.

  • Local sources: Talk to your high school counselor, local librarian, local business owners and club representatives, employers and town officials. Be sure to speak with your parents about organizations or clubs they belong to or ask if their employer sponsors a scholarship.
  • Your college or university: Look on the college’s website or call the admissions office to ask about possible scholarships.
  • Veteran and military organizations: Both the federal government and nonprofit organizations offer money for college to veterans, future military personnel, active duty personnel, or those related to veterans or active duty personnel. To learn more, visit and search for “military scholarships.”
  • On the web:
    • Bigfuture® by The College Board: Find scholarships, other financial aid, and internships—from more than 2,200 programs, totaling nearly $6 billion.
    • Fastweb®: Find scholarships that match your strengths, interests, and skills—from more than 1.5 million scholarships, totaling $3.4 billion.
    • Cappex®: Fill out a free profile to discover which scholarships match you best.

Information provided by VSAC

Do You Need Help with FAFSA?

Do you need help filing your Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA)?

VSAC has counselors available to assist you. VSAC is also offering “Virtual FAFSA Friday” appointments most Fridays between October 2022 and January 2023 - you will see all available openings on the registration site.

Sign up for a one-on-one meeting on the VSAC website

Or consult your CTE School Counselor

Meet CTE's Design & Creative Media Instructors!

How long have you worked at CTE?

Ms. Sinopoli- This is my 6th year.

Ms. Vaida- 7 years

What is your background?

Ms. Sinopoli- I have been a graphic designer since 1991. I worked at boutique agencies in the NY metro area that specialized in consumer product packaging design early in my career and then moved into pharmaceuticals, healthcare, and educational publishing. When I moved to Vermont, I worked at Vermont Teddy Bear for close to 10 years.

Ms. Vaida- My background is in Game Art and Animation, for which I received a bachelor's from Champlain College. I identify as a narrative artist and illustrator who believes in the ability of fiction to entertain, to heal, and to empower.

What are your hobbies?

Ms. Sinopoli- I like to ski and play tennis.

Ms. Vaida- I'm an avid gamer, amateur historian, eater-of-food, tabletop campaigner, and naturalist. A day in the woods is a day well spent!

What is your favorite aspect of working at CTE?

Ms. Sinopoli- Making a difference in the life of a young person.

Ms. Vaida- My favorite part of working at CTE is having the opportunity to help young artists grow, both in their craft and as human beings.

Describe your program in 3-5 words!

Ms. Sinopoli- Creative, Intellectual and Engaging.

Ms. Vaida- Creative, challenging, thought-provoking, and fun!

For more info on Design and Creative Media, credits and certifications earned, and videos of students in action, click here!

CTE School Counseling Coordinators

Miss an issue? Find it here!

Link to Student Events Calendar

Instagram: CounselorsofCTE

Admissions Questions? Contact -

Lindsay Ackley: - Auto, Building, HVAC, Natural Forestry & Mechanical, Pre-Tech 1 & 4

Emmy Charron: -Childhood Ed, CAWD, CST, DCM, Engineering, Pre-Tech 2

Heidi McLaughlin: - Cosmetology 1&2, Dental, Health Professions, Pre-Tech 3 & 5

Chris Chase: - Partner School & Community Relations Coordinator

The Center for Technology, Essex does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national

origin, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity, marital status, or age in its programs or activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the

nondiscrimination policies: Bob Travers, Director

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